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ILCAA Joint Research Project

Comparative Ethnographical Study on the Dynamisme of Debt

Comparative Ethnographical Study on the Dynamisme of Debt


  • debt
  • cultural anthropology
  • finacial inclusion
  • gift
  • money
  • patron-client relationship


  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Oceania



About the Project

Project term: April, 2019–March, 2022

What does debt mean to human beings? In this research, we look for the answer in ethnographic cases all over the world. Debt is an anthropological issue that has existed throughout history, along with the act of giving. However, research that systematically compares and studies its diverse forms has been limited. Loaning money brings responsibility and a feeling of obligation. Debts can become opportunities to enslave human beings, or, on the contrary, they can become creative opportunities that produce social bonds and enterprises. Through comparative research of the double-sided processes of debt that come with economics, politics, and ethics, we unravel the dynamism (state of movement) of the experience of being in debt to others.

Yutaka SAKUMA, Project Coordinator
(Lecturer, Meiji University)



  • Yutaka SAKUMA


  • Yukako YOSHIDA

Joint Researchers

  • Juntaro FUKADA
  • Miki IKOMA
  • Masaharu KAWANO
  • Shuhei KIMURA
  • Junko MARUYAMA
  • Keiichiro MATSUMURA
  • Arihiro MINOO
  • Osamu NAKAGAWA
  • Chikako NAKAYAMA
  • Sayaka OGAWA
  • Toru SAGAWA
  • Takashi SAKAI
  • Yuki SUZUKI



The 1st meeting Report (Japanese)(420KB)

  • Date/Time: Sun 30 Jun 2019 13:00–18:30
  • Venue: Room 304, ILCAA Multimedia Conference Room
  • Language: Japanese
  • Jointly sponsored by ILCAA Joint Research Project “Comparative Ethnographical Study on the Dynamisme of Debt”, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) “Comparative Ethnographical Study on the Dynamisme of Debt” (Principal Investigator: Yutaka SAKUMA (Meiji University) Project Number: 19H01388)
  • Yutaka SAKUMA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Meiji University)
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